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  1. After some Leatherjacket tips

    I have found most of them are about 8-10m or so from the shore, all pretty close. If I cast out any further I find trevally are the main species I catch. I can catch them at most depths, but usually I just run my standard rip of a single suicide hook with a small sinker on it, no swivel.
  2. Garmin striker 4dv

    Those both definitely look like schools of baitfish. The bottom one I would say with 90% certainty, the top one around 80%. I have a striker 5cv+ and bait balls tend to look like that on mine.
  3. After some Leatherjacket tips

    The south side of the spit bridge is full of leatherjacket, I've caught tons there. That said, leatherjacket are harder to avoid than find, so you can find them pretty much anywhere.
  4. I went for a fish at Roseville yesterday for another crack at getting my first Jewfish, and got by far the closest I have ever gotten. I got a hit on a 100mm squidgy fish from what I am 90% sure was a jewfish, and later on hooked a jewie on a yakka before he spat the hook. Frustrating stuff, but at least I'm getting somewhere! One thing that got pretty annoying was the squid that would attack basically everything I threw at them except jigs. I started out throwing a squidgy fish, and every 2 or 3 casts I would get a weird bump which didn't feel like a fish, but I assumed it was my lure hitting a rock. Eventually as I was pulling my lure in I saw three squid following it, and realised they were the culprits. I rigged on a squid jig of a similar size and colour, and casted it for 20 minutes without even a sniff. I switched back to another soft plastic and continued to get hits from squid, and then changed to another jig with no results again. This same thing happened another two times, not a single hit on a jig while my plastics seemed to only attract squid. I was fishing the jigs with a pretty standard retrieve, casting them out and doing a double or triple twitch, before giving them time to sink and repeating. Is there any reason my squidgies were so much more appetising that any jigs?
  5. Squid taking plastics but not squid jigs

    This is a great suggestion, thanks. I might even try a jig as the stinger. I'll run the squidgy wriggler they kept attacking, and attach a jig behind it with a metre of leader. I'll have to see how it actually swims in the water, but I reckon it's worth a shot.
  6. Squid taking plastics but not squid jigs

    I was using a 1.8 and a 2.0 jig, both roughly similar in size to the soft plastics I was using.
  7. Mono v braid

    Are you using a mono or fluorocarbon leader? Also what is the action of your rod?
  8. Braided Line - PowerPro Vs. Spider Stealth

    I was never a fan of power pro at all. I switched to J braid, and never looked back. My favourite braid by leaps and bounds.
  9. Attaching a SP or HB

    Good rule of thumb is a rod length and a half. You can add a bit more if you like to change lures very frequently like me, because a rod length and a half can become half a rod length very quickly when you are retying all the time. I change my leaders when they get shorter than about 1.5-2m.
  10. Attaching a SP or HB

    I use loop knots for hardbodies and standard snug knots on jigheads. I find that is the way to make them both swim best. My favourite snug knot is the uni knot, easy to tie, fairly strong, not hard to stuff up. The best loop knot is the rapala knot, a bit hard to learn but the strongest loop knot.
  11. Spit Bridge 25/1

    Onya for putting that flathead back. We need more people like you with respect for the waterways so they are still there in 20 years. Great fish mate

    Around sunrise and sunset are the perfect times to be fishing, so from 8-9pm is a good time to be out. Later on in the night you might not have much luck with bream and flathead, but that is when the jewfish are roaming. I don't have much experience night fishing, so you might be better off getting someone else to give you a more definitive answer to that one though. Rose Bay beach at low tide is a good place to use the chubby, as it is a nice sand flat with plenty of bream and flathead. In sydney I find I have more luck with plastics and blades for whatever reason, and tend to do better with hard bodies like the chubby down south.

    Blades should work in any depth of water, they sink very easily. Above 10-15m it might struggle a bit with the current, but in low current areas I've had no trouble fishing 1/8th blades in 15 metres. They are an awesome lure for both bream and flatties, I'm a big fan of them in the 1/8th size especially. I recommend doing a twitch pause retrieve. Wait for it to hit bottom, wind in the slack and then just do 2 short quick lifts of the rod top in quick succession. Twitch it just enough to feel the vibration, pause just for a fraction of a second then give it another twitch before it hits bottom. Let it sink and wait a few seconds before repeating. This is my favourite retrieve with blades, works for both flathead and bream. I like to use lure scent with blades, as they don't look ultra realistic when they sit on the bottom, but when scented bream are more likely to take them when still. My favourite is sax scent. Sounds like you've done some research with your lures. The 2.5 inch grubs with be great for bream, and the 100mm will be great for flathead. Both 2 of my favourite plastics. The Jackall chubbies are more suited for sandflats and mangroves, but they can also be used along vertical structure such as wharf pylons and bridge pylons. Instead of casting out, cast across the jetty as close to the pylons as you can, and do a steady slow retrieve.
  14. Squidgy whip bait vs fish

    I am wondering if anyone has had any luck catching jewfish on squidgy whip baits? I have been trying to target them for quite a while on 100mm and 120mm squidgy fish, and although I have caught plenty of flathead, I haven't had any luck catching any of those damned jewfish, which must be pointing and laughing at me by this point. My supply of big boy fish has nearly run out however, and I'm looking to get some replacements. Considering the lack of jewfish I have caught on my fish, I am thinking I might try a new plastic. As someone who is a bit of a squidgy fanboy, I am intrigued by the whip baits, which according to Starlo and Bushy combine the best parts of 3 of Squidgy's best lures. But then again, Starlo and Bushy say a lot of things, so I can only take that with a grain of salt (sorry fellas, still a big fan). I would consider other brands if there as overwhelming cry for me to do so, but I'm really just looking at whether to invest in some new whip baits or stick with the fish.
  15. Anyone know why? - Failed past 4 trips

    Doughnuts are what fishing is all about. When I go out fishing it's for a chance to get out the house and go out into nature, any fish I catch are just a bonus. Thing is, sometimes it's impossible to tell why fish aren't biting. I once had one of my best days of fishing ever, caught about 10 flathead in the space of an hour on a single lure. Went back the next day at the exact same time and the exact same spot with nearly identical weather and used the same lure, not even a bite in 3 hours. It happens.
  16. Squidgy whip bait vs fish

    I've had a look at the soft vibe selections out there, but I'm not sure soft vibes are for me. Casting a 20 dollar sinking lure with 2 treble hooks at the bottom land based seems like a snag waiting to happen, feel like I could lose one by just looking at it. I'm also interested by the bio range, but considering they are about double the price of the regular fish I might hold off on buying some, and I'll see how other people do with them first.
  17. Squidgy whip bait vs fish

    Thanks mate, just the info I was looking for. I might buy a packet of the whipbaits and one of fish then, was planning on 2 packets of the whip baits. I also have the same problem with bent tails on the fish, so it's good to know you don't get that with the whips.
  18. Squidgy Wriggle Colour

    I use the 80mm squidgy wriggler in bloodworm for bream, but you'll find them a bit small for flathead. The thing with wrigglers is that they are smaller than they'd seem, because the tail takes up a lot of the length of the lure. By that I mean that a 120m wriggler is roughly the same size as a 100m fish. For flathead I usually use a 70mm, 80mm or 100mm squidgy fish, in black gold. The 80m is my go to, but I upside or downsize depending on the conditions.
  19. Narooma Spots

    I stayed at the big4 easts caravan park in december, and had a great time casting lures for flathead on the flats just east of the park at high tide. When the tide was a bit lower I would cast into the hole near the wharf (circled) and when it was around full low tide I'd throw some heavier lures off the rock wall out into the deeper channel (where the arrows are pointing). Only thing to be careful about is rays. I had an enormous eagle ray not bend, but snap in half both 2/0 owner trebles on a huge blade I was throwing and nearly spool me, so watch out.
  20. Giant toadfish? "Three bar porcupine fish"

    Are you sure it wasn't a pufferfish or a porcupine fish?
  21. Mixed bag for the Christmas dinner table

    Another thing I forgot to mention, I caught every fish on a single raw chicken thigh I got from coles, which costed me less than 2 dollars! It was my first time trying that as bait, so I think it's safe to say it won't be the last. Unfortunately I won't have time to make taranka, but I have had it before with bream and it is one of my favourite ways to prepare fish for sure. I've never actually eaten drummer before, so thanks for that advice. The issue I had with the stomach was really just the sheer mass of this spiralling mess I didn't expect, and the fact that all the fish there lived mainly off kelp, so the smell wasn't at all pleasant. I think I'll try filleting the bigger one and cooking the smaller one whole like savit suggested, see which one I prefer. As fun as drummer are with 6lb line and a 1-3kg rod, I think I might upgrade a touch next time. One of the bigger ones nearly broke my rod when he did one last run as I tried to leader him up!
  22. I know from the title it may seem like I'm posting this a bit late or I've lost my calendar, but I come from a Ukrainian family and we celebrate Christmas on the 7th of January instead of in December. Anyway, it is a tradition to have a bit seafood meal on christmas eve, so I thought I'd head out for a fish to contribute to that meal. I don't want to disclose the exact spot because it's not all that well known, but I'll say that it was in Wollongong. After about 4 hours of fishing I ended up fish a whole ton of species. I started off the day catching a bunch of yellowfin bream, before moving to a new spot where I was catching a ton of wrasse, various small rock cod and what I now know to be an Eastern Kelpfish. I was planning to release the kelpfish because I didn't know enough about it to keep, but it was very badly hooked and it was clear it wasn't going to survive, so I took it home with me. Does anyone know if they taste any good, or are they better off being chopped up for bait? I had a bit of a wild ride after hooking a huge stingray, which after 10 minutes of nonstop swimming was well on its way to spooling me, before it thankfully spat the hook just as it reached the backing. After another 5 minutes rewinding all my line back onto my reel I was back in business, and caught a cod I've never seen before. Does anyone know what species this guy is? There was also an interesting wrasse I caught which I can't quite identify, here is a photo of it: After my 2nd spot dying down a bit as the tide went out, I tried a third spot and found myself pulling in black drummer by the bucketful, not bad with my 6lb mainline and 8lb leader if you ask me. The biggest one I ended up catching was 35cm, which put up a hell of a fight. Here is the haul for the afternoon, minus all the fish I put back: And just as a side note, no matter how many fish I cut open, I don't think I will ever be prepared for the horror that is a black drummers stomach.
  23. I went out to blackwattle bay today to flick for bream, and came to see if teeming with life. There were just schools and schools of bream. big and small, but for some reason they were just not biting. I first tried a 80mm Squidgy Wriggler in Wasabi, with absolutely no interest from anything. I saw my lure go through schools of bream without a single bream even batting an eyelid. I switched out to a TT switchblade with identical results. I then put on an ecogear sx40 which attracted a little bit of attention, but not enough for anything to have a crack at it. I ended the day with a squidgy 100mm wriggler in bloodworm after seeing some flathead swimming around, and got stumped again. I tried a double twitch retrieve, I tried straight retrieves, I tried slowing it down, I tried speeding up my retrieve but got absolutely nothing. What's the deal? With lures I can usually bring in at the very least least 2 or 3 bream in a session, but I've never seen this many bream in my life being so utterly benevolent of their surroundings. Was it the falling barometric pressure messing me up, or is it more likely I'm doing something wrong?
  24. Bream not taking anything I throw at them

    Unfortunately in blackwattle bay there is a huge risk of flathead bicatch. I tried going down to 3lb leader there once, and despite catching some bream I lost 3 lures to flathead in one session. I already feel uneasy enough using 6lb when I know about the hungry flathead around.
  25. Mixed bag for the Christmas dinner table

    Great, thanks for the help. I reckon I'll just put the keplfish in the freezer and cut him up for bait and burley then.